'This is a resting place for contemplation.'
This sentence has been given a new and surreptitious life in the necklace
'Seed Pod II'. It was a comment by Kevin Murray in response to my last
exhibition 'Homage to QWERTY' (Linden Gallery, 1997).
necklace is part of a series of work which examines the cycle of communication
in craft. Comments left by viewers become the hidden message within a
necklace. The word sequence of the sentence left, determined the sequence
of the seed pods around the neck. This process intervenes in the conventional
practice of producing, exhibiting, and viewing craft. As a jeweller I
am interested in stimulating the subliminal communication between maker,
object, wearer and viewer.
My work is composed of industrial parts from manual typewriters of the
1940s to 1960s. The striker keys from these typewriters are combined with
botanical forms and text. The 'nature of communication' is embodied in
flowers, grass and see pods. In 'Seed Pod Necklace' the striker keys form
the seeds. When the letters are pressed into the skin, their message is
My work places with the life cycle of nature in the modern world. 'The
old meets the new and is recast as the promise of future meetings with